“Memories are strange creatures…”

…they appear uninvited, grab you by the throat, flood your senses and then shoot away in a microsecond, leaving few traces. Mr. Lelyveld explores some intriguing themes: How much do we really remember? Why do we forget? What would happen if we found documentary records or witnesses who could fill in missing pieces of our imagined family narrative? What hidden catastrophes would fly out?

from William Doyle’s review of Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop, by Joseph Lelyveld

A Journalist Investigates Memory, Family and Race